DETROIT: Cavaliers forward Kevin Love was the latest in a string of NBA All-Stars stricken with injuries, breaking his left hand in a 125-114 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night at Little Caesars Arena.

The injury overshadowed the action, as the Cavs snapped a two-game winning streak. The Pistons, boosted by a stunning trade for the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin on Monday but still without the three players acquired in the deal, won for the first time in nine games.

Love left the game with 7:19 left in the first quarter, heading to the locker room for X-rays. A nondisplaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal was confirmed as the half ended.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported via Twitter that Love would likely miss six to eight weeks. Should the latter be the case, Love would return with two weeks left in the regular season.

Averaging 18.2 points and 9.6 rebounds entering the night, Love earned his fifth All-Star selection last week. His 27 double-doubles this season was tied with teammate LeBron James for sixth most in the league. Love had notched five double-doubles in the previous seven games.

Love has a history of hand injuries. In 2012-13 with the Minnesota Timberwolves, he missed 62 games after fracturing the third and fourth metacarpals in his right hand and later re-fracturing the third. In 2009-10, also with the Timberwolves, Love broke the fourth metacarpal in his left hand and missed the first 18 games of the season.

Love was also sidelined for 16 games last season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Feb. 14.

Love’s absence will mean more time for Jae Crowder, just moved to the second unit three games ago as coach Tyronn Lue re-inserted Tristan Thompson at center and moved Love back to his natural spot at power forward. Crowder was averaging 8.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

Love is the third All-Star injured since the teams were selected, joining the New Orleans Pelicans’ DeMarcus Cousins (torn Achilles) and the Washington Wizards’ John Wall (knee cleanup procedure). All are members of the team captained by James.

In a touch of irony, James was asked at shootaround what he would consider a successful regular season for the Cavs.

“Health,” James said. “Health and continue to build on what we’ve done the last two games. If we can do that, we’ll put ourselves in a position to be ready for the postseason.”

James re-entered the game with 7:50 remaining and immediately started going to Kyle Korver, reprising the formula that worked in a 17-point victory over the Pistons on Sunday. Two consecutive 3-pointers by Korver cut the Pistons’ lead to 103-101 with 6:55 to play.

But Ish Smith made two quick shots and Reggie Bullock a 3-pointer, and all the Cavs could manage was a 3-pointer by Crowder. That put the Pistons ahead 111-104 with 4:57 remaining. The Cavs never recovered and the Pistons stretched the margin to 120-106 with 2:49 to go and continued to pour it on.

Playing a 48-minute game has been a challenge for the Cavs and lethargy struck as the Pistons opened the third quarter with a 20-5 run to take a 79-68 lead. The Pistons led 89-84 going into the fourth quarter after Stanley Johnson scored nine points in the third quarter.

Dwyane Wade returned to the Cavs after missing two games due to the death of his agent Henry “Hank” Thomas on Saturday and scored 18 points. Written on the bottom of Wade’s shoes was “My Guardian Angel Henry Thomas.”

The Pistons repeatedly burned the Cavs in transition and finished the game with a 27-6 edge in fast-break points. The Pistons also had a 68-38 advantage in points in the paint. Isaiah Thomas committed a team-high six of the Cavs’ 15 turnovers, four in the first five minutes.

Jackson finished with 26 points and Andre Drummond had 22 points and 21 rebounds for the Pistons.

With nine field goals, James (10,924) passed Dirk Nowitzki (10,917) and moved into eighth place on the NBA’s all-time list. James finished with 21 points, six rebounds and seven assists, Channing Frye had 20 points and Thomas had 19 points and five assists.

Marla Ridenour can be reached at mridenour@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Cavs blog at www.ohio.com/cavs.